Command Master Chief Keith Wilkerson Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the Washington D.C area. He graduated from Seneca Valley High School in June 1998 and entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in Great Lakes, IL in Feb 1999.
Wilkerson attended Seaman Apprentice School in Great Lakes, IL. And his first duty assignment was with USS FORD (FFG-54) in Everett, WA. After completing 2 western pacific deployments on her he left as a Store Keeper Second class in 2003. He took follow on orders to USS MOMSEN (DDG 92) in Everett, WA after commissioning her and completing a Southern Pacific deployment he was advanced to Store Keeper First Class in 2006.
In June of 2006 he was selected to Navy Recruiting District Chicago as the Recruiter In Charge of Navy Recruiting Station Milwaukee. Master Chief Wilkerson was charged with finding the Navy’s newest and brightest leaders. In Sept 2008 he was advanced to Store Keeper Chief Petty Officer. In Feb 2009 after completing his recruiting tour Master Chief Wilkerson accepted orders to the Navy’s newest combatant, Littoral combat Ship one (LCS1) USS FREEDOM as the Supply Officer, where he took part in her maiden deployment making history as the first LCS to participate in Drug interdiction Operations.
In February 2013 Master Chief Wilkerson checked into NCTAMS LANT DET Rota, Spain as the Supply officer and LCPO of N9 and was advanced to Logistics Specialist Senior Chief in June of 2013.
Master Chief Wilkerson took the helm as NCTAMS DET Rota’s Senior Enlisted Leader on January 1, 2015. On March 4th 2016 he checked on board USS BONHOMME RICHARD as the Supply department readiness LCPO where he was advanced to Master Chief. Master Chief Wilkerson served as the HSC 25 Command Master Chief stationed in sunny Guam from October 2016 - October 2018. He is currently the Command Master Chief of CTF72/CFWP in Atsugi Japan.
His academic achievements include an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; He is an honor graduate from the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy.
His personal awards include the Meritorius Service medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist Insignia.